Whilst everyone knows that many traffic accidents occur every year, we often overlook the fact that you don’t need to be in one of the vehicles to be hurt. Many accidents occur when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle that has lost control or is speeding. As there are more and more cars on the road, the number of road accidents is increasing every year, including pedestrians. Here is how pedestrians can stay safe from road accidents to help everyone out there stay safe whilst walking.
1. Be predictable and Keep Alert at All Times
When walking on the street, be predictable by always obeying the signs and signals and rules of the road, so that car drivers can see where you are going and make way for you. There are a lot of cases when pedestrians are distracted with their cellphones and cause accidents. It’s best not to use electronic devices that take your ears and eyes off the road while walking.
2. Always Walk on the Sidewalk
Whenever sidewalks are available, walk on them. Sidewalks are designed specifically for pedestrians, so you will be able to walk without having to avoid vehicles. Moreover, drivers will expect there to be someone on the sidewalk, so they will always be mindful of your safety. In case there is no sidewalk, you should walk facing the traffic and as far away from the curb as possible.
3. Only Cross the Street on Crosswalks
Drivers will expect pedestrians at crosswalks or intersections, so whenever possible, only cross there to ensure your safety. While crossing, always looks for cars in all directions, including turning left or right, even if it’s a one-way street. In case there is no crosswalk or intersection available, walk to a clear area where you can have the best view of both sides. Only cross when there is a gap in the traffic that allows enough time for you to cross safely and continue to keep an eye on the traffic as you cross.
4. Don’t Assume Drivers can See You
In many cases, drivers can see you, but in some cases, they may not be paying attention. It’s best to make sure you are seen by making eye contact with the drivers as they approach and holding up your hand so that they see your intentions.
5. Make Yourself Visible at All Times
Make yourself noticed by wearing bright clothing during the day as well as reflective materials at night. If you don’t have reflective clothing, you can also use a flashlight at night to make sure drivers can see you.
6. Watch out for Vehicles when the Driver Can’t See You
There are times when the driver’s view may be restricted, such as when they are pulling in or out of a driveway or backing up in parking lots. Always watch for cars in those situations and be especially careful.
7. Avoid Alcohol and Drugs
Not only do you need to avoid alcohol and drugs when you are driving, but you also need to avoid them when you are a pedestrian. They can impair your abilities and your judgment, which may potentially cause accidents for yourself and others.
What To Do If You Are Involved in a Road Accident as a Pedestrian
No matter how careful you are while walking, drivers may be distracted watching other vehicles and may not see you crossing the street until it’s too late. Even at low speeds, a motorcycle, car, or truck can cause serious injuries and potentially even death. If you are involved in a road accident as a pedestrian, you should seek medical help immediately, especially if you feel seriously injured.
After a road accident, you should focus on relaxing and recovering so that you can get back to your normal life as soon as possible. However, if you are a victim of hit and run, there will be many legal complications. Hiring a lawyer is always advisable as they will help gather the evidence and present your case in court, which will ensure that the person who hit you will be held to account. Trying to do this without a lawyer is very hard as a lack of legal knowledge will seriously hamper your chances of a satisfactory outcome in the case.
Whether walking is an integral part of your exercise routine or just how you like to travel from A to B, is it important to stay safe. Sometimes, we forget that walking can be just as dangerous as driving. Following all these walking safety tips can help you to avoid potential hazards on your path.